Since late 2010, we’ve been hearing all about Pope Benedict XVI’s desire to score an electric car. Cardinal Giovanni Lajolo, who runs the Vatican City state, said at the time that the Pope would prefer the EV to the standard diesel-burning “Popemobile” to further promote his message of sustainable energy and the need to protect our planet.
This week, French automaker finally, kind-of, made the Pope’s dream come true – gifting the 85-year-old with not one, but two EVs based on the Renault Kangoo Maxi Z.E.
“This donation to His Holiness is a means for Renault to reaffirm its strong and durable commitment to sustainable development and respect for the environment,” said Renault’s chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn.
One vehicle will be used when the Pope is traveling at his summer residence in Castel Gandolfo, and the other by the Corps of Gendarmerie Corps in Vatican City. Each EV has 60 horsepower and can travel over 100 miles on a single charge.
Unfortunately, these will not replace the official “Popemobile” due to the heavy armor and other security measures needed for that vehicle. An armored Mercedes-Benz M-Class SUV still holds that honor.